Thursday 8 December 2016

Teenager shot in leg at New Year's Eve party

Robin Schiller

Published 02/01/2016 | 02:30

Gardaí were alerted at approximately 4.50am after the noise of gunshots were reported, with officers subsequently notifying paramedics. Photo: PA
Gardaí were alerted at approximately 4.50am after the noise of gunshots were reported, with officers subsequently notifying paramedics. Photo: PA

GardaÍ are investigating whether a teenager who was shot on New Year's Day was targeted as a result of a minor local dispute.

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The young man, aged in his late teens was attacked at a house in the Piercetown area of Newbridge, Co Kildare in the early hours of yesterday morning.

He was approached by a man who produced a firearm, believed to be a shotgun and shot the victim once in the leg.

The assailant then fled the area as emergency services rushed to the scene.

The victim was attending a New Year's Eve party at a house in the Dara Park estate of the Piercetown area.

At least one shot is believed to have been fired from inside the house.

Gardaí were alerted at approximately 4.50am after the noise of gunshots were reported, with officers subsequently notifying paramedics.

The injured man was rushed to Naas General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The scene of the shooting was promptly sealed off.

Forensic officers conducted technical examinations, while gardaí were also carrying out door-to-door inquiries last night.

Detectives are attempting to locate a man seen leaving the area in a hatchback car shortly after the shooting.

The man, who was wearing a black tracksuit, is described as being approximately five foot 10 inches in height and spoke in a Dublin accent.

Anyone with information in relation to the shooting is being asked to contact detectives at Newbridge garda station, where an incident room has been set up.

Irish Independent

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